Full marks for protecting the biker. I'm guessing the guy behind was one of the many people who only ever drive at one speed, and not according to the conditions, so come the snow they have no safety margin at all.
It's interesting to see that Mini get an amber indicator by combining a green light inside the red rear lens.
I think the left hand side fuel filler is becasue BMW have given up trying to pretend that the Mini is a British car when it is now designed and developed in Germany, so they've put the fuel filler on the correct side for themselves. The world is about 2/3rds drive on the right to 1/3rd drive on the left, after all.